Kechadmaru Festival of Andhra Pradesh
Name of Festival : Kechadmaru Festival
Major Territory of Celebration
Tribals called Mathuras celebrated Kechadmaru Festival who are inhabit Utmur Taluq in Adilbad district of Andhra Pradesh.
Time of celebration (Months)
Kechadmaru Festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Shravana (August – September )
About Festival :
This festival is very important for unmarried girls.On this day All the unmarried girls of the village gather at the Naik’s house and sings songs in the name of the guru to the accompaniment of drums and eat gogri that is the mixture of wheat or bengal gram and jaggery. Girls are dancing for nine days in morning and evening .On the 10th day they get clay, wheat or bengal gram and wet them with water and the clay is placed on the patasa leaves. This event is known as Dhovi. Girls continue singing till the next full moon day in Rakhi Purnima.On the next day they tie the rakhi to the Mathura men present there and that men offer to folk of that girl. Group singing continues for 3 days. On the third day, the girls observe a fast and unmarried girls make a feminine idol in her house and worship it . After complete the worship they broken the fast. This is known as Teez.
In the morning of the that day, the brothers of the girls, kick away the clay idols of their respective sisters. Then the girls take the idols to front-yard of the Naik’s house and keep them there. All the Mathura men folk, young and old, gather at the Naik’s house and dance around these idols.The girls collect the idols and remove the seedlings from the clay and later the clay is immersed in the nearby stream.All the girls take’ purampuri’ with them and eat it here and the seedlings are distributed among the male members.